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New car? Or facelift? Mercedes-AMG has waited until the GT v1.5 to unveil the convertible version, complete with dramatic new Panamericana-inspired 15-louvred grille, active air management and, on the GT C, active rear-wheel steering and an electronically locking rear diff. In the right spec – Magno grey with the red soft-top, for example – this thing looks unequivocally awesome. It’s an important point: the visual drama is a huge part of the deal here, possibly even more than absolute dynamic prowess. Really? Remind us where the Mercedes-AMG GT C fits in the grand scheme of things. The top-flight GT C is £143,245, and frankly if you’re scoping out this sort of territory you’ve probably got that default other car as your daily user: the Range Rover. Still, let’s assume everyday useability and at least some degree of entertainment matters. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder, which costs £131,140, doesn’t just go, stop and handle sublimely, it does it with an atmospheric engine. The current car is a brilliant all-rounder, although weirdly the vastly cheaper TT has a better – and roomier – cabin. Then there’s the Bentley Continental GT convertible, which is close on power to the AMG GT C but costs more: £165,600. Or the Ferrari California T, at £155,230, an even more glamorous player that doesn’t share its badge with a hot hatch. You could lob in Jaguar’s F-Type as a bit of a left-field choice, but in (£113,795) SVR form it’s actually good enough to mix it in this company. Or, for the ultimate grudge match, there’s the £156,381 Porsche 911 Turbo S convertible. That’s what Thor and his mates drive on Asgard. How’s AMG progressing as a standalone car manufacturer?